The countdown to Spain has almost officially begun.  I’m actually scared to start the real countdown because then it’s REAL.  Some other real things that happened this past week:

1. My Team USA “kit” (you know the uniform with my name on it!) is on the way to my house as I type. Squeeee!!!

2. I received my Team USA hat and shirt and I’ve been sleeping with them both. Is that weird?

3. I had a kick ass week of training and racing with a little help from my friends.



WEEK OF APRIL 21, 2014

RUNNING: I’m still getting a runner’s high from Marathon Monday and Meb and Shalane’s performances.  How can you not?  Meb is one of my all time favorite running heroes, and I just love that Shalane is also know as the “pony-tailed assassin.”   Can someone think up a badass nickname like that for me?  In honor of all the runners in Boston last Monday, I ran my own 8-miler with my Boston Marathon shirt from 2007.  I smiled the whole time.  My running total this week was only 22 miles, but three of those were in a 5K race!

With that game face, I knew you could do it!

With that game face, I knew you could do it!

CYCLING:  Once again, because of the miserable spring weather here (read: RAIN!), I was resigned to do all my bike mileage indoors this week.  This does not make me happy.  I know I need to bike on wet roads at some point, but I never have, and I’m not going to christen my bike and body when it’s actually pouring outside.  I’m just not.

I hope to get out for all my mileage this week, maybe even take my spin class outside too!  Total bike mileage this week was 78, and if I knew how close I was to 80 I would have done two more.  Darn it!

CROSS-TRAINING:  I made it in the pool again!  I had a great pool workout, not to mention a good friend of mine, who is also a swimming coach, swimming instructor and all-around swim guru, happened to be in the pool and gave me some great advice on my stroke.  Thanks Joel!  My workout consisted of a 20 lap warm-up, 10×50 with 2 min rest in between sets (and to get feedback from Joel aka swim coach) then 8×25 sprints with 10 second rest in between.  I’ll let you guess which part of that workout I liked best.

RACING: Sunday was the March of Dimes (Run for Babies) inaugural 5K race!  The race was fantastic in a way that burning lung pain and churning legs is fantastic.  It was a very interesting race on a few levels, so I’m going to give it it’s own post later this week.  I know the suspense is killing you.

All smiles post-race.

All smiles post-race…but, who isn’t when it’s over?

FUEL: I’m happy to report that not only did I get my Runnerbox this week but I also got two bags of Hippie Chick Granola to fuel my training!  What’s Hippie Chick granola you ask?  It’s made with love and inspiration by Ilene of Fierce Diva Guide to Life and can be ordered HERE.  I highly recommend it!  I also managed to sneak away to the UCONN Dairy Bar with the boys.  There’s nothing like homemade ice cream straight from the cow.

Miles hates ice cream.

Miles hates ice cream.

THINGS I LOVE: Seeing running groups out on a local trail.  The last two times I was out running, there has been a group of mostly older men out there tearing it up.  When I pass them, I like to tell them to “pick it up!” and then they fake give chase or yell up ahead to their friends things like “Don’t let her pass you!  Hold her down if you need to!”  Hilarious.  On one such run, a friend of mine, who also happens to be the women’s track coach at a local high school, was out there in the rain running with her dog.  I was doing a ladder of 10 min easy, 15 min hard and 5 min all out.  I was so happy to get her input on my form (very good and relaxed!  Imagine that!?) when we met up at the parking lot.  Thanks Dani!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Chafing!  Out on the trail on a rainy morning, I had a wardrobe malfunction with my sock, which resulted in the skin on the side of my heel being slowly stripped down to a bloody pulp.  I could have stopped to pull up my sock but ‘aint nobody got time for that!  The problem is taking a shower for the next two days.  The words “searing pain” come to mind.

MUSIC: Listening to music is that much more enjoyable when you’re getting your toes done!  I was lucky enough to sneak out for a “nail party” this past week with some of my gym friends.  Those poor technicians had to deal with way too many runner’s feet!  We tipped well, especially since we were drinking our way though it.

Can you guess which foot is mine?


TV:  I’m happy to report that I’ve had almost zero time for tv this week.  Instead, I went to a birthday dinner with some good friends on Thursday, had the nail party on Friday and date night with the hubs on Saturday.  I’ll take any of those over TV any day!

READING: Bowling scores.  Ever have a bowling party with 14, five year-olds?  I highly recommend it if you want to thoroughly exhaust yourself and constantly be tracking who is up next, making sure no one looses a foot in the process.  It seemed like a good idea when I booked the party.  I may have been on a runner’s high.

A Skylander party of course!  At least they agreed on a theme.

A Skylander party of course! At least the boys agreed on a theme.

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  It’s been decided that I should get a bull tattoo after Spain.  Thanks Kendra!

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What was the highlight of your week?

What do your friends help you with?

Do you have any tattoos?  If not, would you ever get one?